Alma Bissonnette, Age 97, our ' Blue-Eyed Angel ' , walked through the Pearly-Gates of Heaven at 1230 a.m. on Easter Monday,April 17th, 2017, and was immediately welcomed by all of her predeceased loved ones who were there waiting for her with wide open arms, and she got to dance the dance that she has been waiting 19 years for, with the love of her life,her husband Albert.
Alma was born August 7,1919 and was raised in Underhill and Essex Junction. She met her soul-mate Albert Bissonnette and they were married on October 1,1955 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Essex Jct. They resided on Pine St. in Winooski for over 40 years until Alberts passing in 1998, where she then lived with her daughter Sally VerWey and son Larry Bissonnette in Milton for the next 19 years. She was a devoted catholic member of St. Francis Xavier and St. Anns Church, as well as a member of the Daughters of Isabella and Ladies of St. Ann.
Alma was a faithfully devoted lady of care and love who loved everybody around her all the way until the last day when she decided that it was time to say goodbye to all of us for now and take on her new role as our Blue-Eyed Angel, a role that she always has and will so easily excel at, leaving us blessed to have known her and have had her in our lives,her long lasting legacy that will forever live on. Even in the last year of her life, when her body was starting to work against her, her faith and soul never gave up, proving to everybody how much of a fighter she was and how faithful and extraordinarily blessed of a lady that she really was. She was a beloved mother,grandmother,greatgrandmother,aunt, and a very very special friend to so many.
In the last few periods of her struggling health, she made some of the most beautiful and special bonds with those who helped with her care - including Penny VerWey whom cared for Alma at home and helped to keep Alma at home and together with us as a family so that we could all spend holidays and special moments and times together with her.
When times got more difficult, some of the best staff at Green Mountain Nursing Home took her in and embraced her with the upmost love and compassion. They showed her so much love and care, as if she was their own. They all built a personal and everlasting bond with her. ' Alma-nd Joy' is what they loved to call her.
She loved all of her pets that were always around her, in the present and past. As much as a pain they would sometimes be to her, she loved her cats and dogs. She will always have a special bond with her son Larry, whom she loved so very much and was so proud of all of his achievements and accomplishments. All of her nieces and nephews would constantly bring a bright twinkle to her eyes every time they ran to her n gave her big hugs. She just loved being around them.
She will always share a beautiful connection with her daughter Sally. Sally always took care of her and gave her a truly beautiful life. Calling the day that Sally was born on Easter-Monday the most beautiful day to her, she also made a great tribute to Sally by saying goodbye to her on Easter-Monday, the most sacred and special gift of all to her daughter.
Alma was predeceased by her beloved husband Albert Bissonnette in 1998 ; all of her in-laws, Theodore and Cecile Bissonnette, Leo and Yvonne Bissonnette, Felix Bissonnette, Janet and Louis Morin, Peter and Edna Dennis, and many more. She was predeceased by her parents Edward and Hattie Bashaw; her siblings Ezra and Yvette Bashaw and Arthur and Theresa Bashaw; her special granddaughter Misty Lee VerWey; and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
Alma is survived by her daughter Sally VerWey, her children Daniel VerWey and his wife Penny, and Chris VerWey; her son Larry Bissonnette; her grandchildren Joseph Badger and Courtney VerWey; all her nieces and nephews; many other family members and friends
We the family would like to thank everybody who was around Alma and her family during a very hard and emotional time. The support has been paramount and endless. A special thanks to the staff at G.M.N.H. , all other nurses and p.t.'s and docs who made trips to Almas home for care, especially Dr. David Little, whom shared a special bond with Alma; special thanks to Mike and Diane Leclair, June Plankey, Gloria Bessette and Carl Cook, Glendeen Parent, Gordie Ritchie; Shirley Bunnel and all of the members of the GroovyLunchBunch and the Milton Senior Center; Father Feltz and Monsignor Lavallee ; and so many other special people that were part of Alma's life there were so many
Viewing will be held at Lavigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Winooski on Wednesday, April 19 from 4-7 PM . A Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Church in Winooski on Thursday,April 20 at 1 PM. Condolences may be shared at www.lavignefuneralhome.com.